Your choice of pipe bending machine, and its condition, has a significant impact on your long-term capabilities and output. When it comes to CNC Tube bending machines, there are several variables that can help you make an informed choice.

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Buying New

New machines can be a worthwhile investment, although they are expensive, and can take considerable delivery time. When choosing a new machine, take care to add up all the hidden costs, as well as the more obvious ones. For instance, after sales support and on-going operator training are crucial to getting the most out of your machine, so ensure that these are included in the financing.

Buying Used/Refurbished

Second-hand machines are ideal for many organisations. CNC Tube bending machines are mechanically durable. With good care and continued investment, these continue performing well beyond the original warranty. A tried and tested machine often costs five or six times less than its new equivalent. To ensure that you have explored the best options, consider whether a modified/upgraded used machine would meet your needs.

The Second-Hand Wildcard

The wildcard is whether or not the machine has been properly maintained and serviced. Often, machines are sold second hand because they have been neglected to the point that they have developed structural problems. These flaws are then inherited by the new owner. To avoid this difficulty, work with an experienced provider with a proven track record of refurbishing used machines to a high standard.


End-tooling refers to parts of the machine that have reached the end of their natural lifespan. Quite often, multiple parts fail within a short time of each other. Some companies will invest in replacing parts that are about to fail. Others will simply pass the problem – and cost – on to the next owner. To dodge this bullet, never buy a machine that has not been fully refurbished and serviced.

The Value Of Reconditioning

When buying second-hand CNC pipe bending machines, always select one that has been reconditioned by experts. This offers the reassurance that the equipment will work with both efficiency and reliability. Reconditioned machines remove the risk of end-tool breakdown and internal structural problems. To ensure that you are receiving the machinery and service that you are paying for, look at the quality standards.

Demand Both Mechanical & IT Upgrades

Electrical systems have a built-in obsolescence. This is a problem for second-hand tube-bending machines because CNC controllers and software are only supported for around 5-6 years. For some equipment, this period can be considerably less. Purchasing a second-hand machine with antiquated software can lead to a range of problems. Ask your provider about IT retrofits that will optimise your machinery and bring it up to date.

An IT Solution

When investing in a used machine, opt for an IT solution such as Phoenix MORE Control. This enables the production life of most pipe and tube bending machines to be extended by at least ten years. When compared to the cost of a new machine, upgrading software offers excellent value for money.

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Buying new or investing in a second-hand machine is an important choice. To talk to someone who can assess your needs and help you make the best decision, please call 01782 953096 today, and we’ll be happy to help.

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